Common Practices to Promote Safe Social Networking within your Network

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The benefits of social networking have been relished by millions of people all over the world for the past decade. As new platforms are created and joined, there’s always a risk that comes with signing up. Our data could be falsely managed or worse, our data can be breached. A breach of data is when criminals gain unauthorized access to our personal information and use it for their advantage.

Imagine if our very own safety and protection in ‘real life’ was compromised –we act right away and take the necessary precautions to remain out of harm’s way. The same amount of consideration must be administered to our ‘online life’ when it comes to protecting our data from being breached.

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Online data statistics reveal around 3.2 million identity theft and fraud were reported in 2019. Cases against theft and fraud vary from monetary gain to personal vendetta. With the abundance of fraudulent reports prevailing –it reminds us to place importance in further practicing safe social networking habits.

Let’s explore some important reminders to keep in mind, in order to have a safe and protected social networking experience.

  1. Prior to clicking on any link that was sent, a simple way to confirm whether it is a secure url  is if it has an HTTPS tag in the name. An HTTPS label together with a lock symbol located on the left side of the search bar indicates secure websites. Avoiding access to unsecure websites prevents viruses and other malware from seeping into your computer.
  2. Checking your Privacy Settings. Make certain your network of close friends and family are only able to view your posts. Con artists and scammers may easily apprehend your background and interests based on your public information. It is important to keep in mind that anything published on the internet stays in digital storage forever –even after deletion.
  3. Another important reminder is never to accept a stranger’s request to communicate. The simple act of opening an email message or downloading attached documents can allow scammers to hack into your network. Not only is individual safety threatened but so is the safety of your connections.

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  1. Set an agreement for friends and family about monetary transactions or processes. One of the most popular cases of con artists are impersonators asking for money through messaging platforms. By mentioning to your network of family and friends a statement of never agreeing to ask or borrow money online can safeguard any potential losses on their part. In reverse, you can be spared any financial loss when in a similar situation of someone else seeking monetary assistance.
  2. Making use of security programs such as installing antivirus software or using a VPN. One of the most important tools to utilize are preventive programs against internal and external threats. Through the use of VPN and antivirus programs, the likelihood of your devices being compromised is minimal.
  3. Read a website’s terms and conditions when signing up. It may be tedious work to read through all the terms and agreements but knowing how that site uses your information in their privacy statement is significant. You are able to avoid any threats to your security ahead of time.

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  1. Share news and warning signs to your network. Awareness goes a long way –knowing someone has experienced any scams or fraud gives you the chance to keep an eye out for it. You can then act accordingly to avoid falling for any con tricks.

Defense against data breaches should be our priority. It ensures our online information is secure and protected by the platforms we choose to sign on too. Although many scams and fraud goes undetected, using preventive practices for our social networking experience can minimize them. After all, we wish to continue relishing in the joys of social media.

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